Academically struggling charter school put on probation

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Department of Education has put a charter school on probation for poor academic performance and organizational problems.

Savannah Morning News reports that for three years in a row, Savannah Classical Academy Charter School has not met or exceeded state or local averages on a state accountability system.

Principal Ben Payne says Savannah Classical offers a rigorous curriculum and students are achieving. However, he says the curriculum doesn't line up with Georgia state tests.

The state ordered school officials to submit a corrective action plan by Aug. 18 and to put it in place by Oct. 2. The charter could be terminated if the school fails to comply.

Charter schools receive public money but have flexibility to set their own curriculum and operational style.

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